By Pvt. Jamal WalkerJanuary 24, 2010
CASEY GARRISON South Korea - Soldiers from the 1-15 Field Artillery, 1st Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division welcomed children from various schools in the Dongducheon City community as they came to learn more English and learn about American culture during the Dream English Camp Jan. 8 held on U.S. Army Garrison Casey.
More than 60 middle school students came to the event.
Lt. Col. Richard Fromm, commander of USAG Casey, stood inside the installation United Services Organizations to welcome the children.
Command Sgt. Maj. Nidal Saeed, USAG Casey command sergeant major and 20 Soldiers from 1-15 FA clapped, cheered, exchanged "high-fives," smiled, and bowed out of respect to the students as they proceeded into the building to begin the orientation portion of the event.
Fromm told the children visiting USAG-Casey is like coming to America because of the things the garrison has to offer such as the Community Activities Center, movie theatre, fitness center, and other leisure facilities on the garrison similar to what they could expect to see in America.
"I think programs like these are great examples of the American culture," Fromm said. "I have three boys who love going out and experiencing Korea, and I hope you enjoy experiencing Casey as well."
The groups walked to the Casey Community Bank to learn more about American money. Sophia Lim, a USO employee who organized the event, asked the children which president was on different coins and dollar bills. Many Soldiers were astonished how much the middle school students knew about American money. One Soldier stood in embarrassment after being told by a student it is Thomas Jefferson, not James Madison, who is on the two dollar bill. The children later had lunch at the Casey's Warriors Club after playing basketball in the Camp Hovey gym.
"What I enjoyed most was the chance to speak freely and openly to Soldiers," said Park, Hee-ju, a middle school student at a local girl's academy in Dongducheon City. "They were so polite, I had a great time speaking to them."